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The New York Times Discovers Indie Black Filmmakers

The New York Times Discovers Indie Black Filmmakers

And about time too! But seriously, in this Sunday’s New York Times there’s a front page article written by Nelson George in the Arts and Lesiure section (read HERE) about the current crop of independent black filmmakers working today. The very same filmmakers we deal with practically every day right here on S & A.

Now I’m all for it of course. Any attention and publicity that these filmmakers can get is great. But at the same time, I have to say to the NY Times: “Where in the hell have you guys been?” 

I guess there’s been enough articles already about Scorsese and Fincher and they were looking around for something new to write about. Then again there’s another part of me that says the article is really for people (both white and black) who think that black filmmaking starts and ends with Tyler Perry. (Those poor misguided souls!)

So I look at the article as sort of an introductory course by George (your guide for all things black) for those out there who have no idea what else is going on in black cinema, and hopefully will lead them to US, to keep them current on what’s going on, and not rely on the NY Times for an article once every decade or so about black films.

The Times also has a video with George discussing the new wave in black cinema which you can watch here:

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Its me auntie

Check out this clip…there are a number of movies highlighted here that I mentioned to you.

Bill Toles

In the "where have you guys been?" category please include yourselves (you just got here too) and the indie movement itself. As a member of the BDC (Black Documentary Collective — r.i.p St. Clair Bourne Jr.) and a Sundance Producers Workshop alum from the late 90's I can vouch for just how slow to turn recognition from the entire industry, both writ large and it's feeder system/farm team, has been. It's a show-business axiom, the Dilating Black Gaze, the back half of which is that it will turn it's face away again. There are many corollaries to be drawn, but I'll leave that to the thread to discuss. But one I would like to put on the table is a Narrative version of the BDC. Don't knock the article – it's a Times article, summing for those not-yet-in-the-know. And it still matters big-time to be considered, if only for this moment in media technology, "Fit To Print."

LeonRaymond Mitchell

This is why there is only a Black Clique, not a group of filmmakers of color, way too many names missing , way too many and where on his BS list is my Latino Film makers (Oh that's right Black elite Racism ) disgusting article !


IKNOWNELSON: I definitely agree with you. All, and even the majority, of black cinema does NOT come from NYU or new york city. There are so many filmmakers and films he didn't mention, and it's NOT "Ernesto Johnson" (it's "Rashaad Ernesto Green!). Incomplete, partial pseudo-journalism that's no different from the white mainstream, so-called "news sources."


Missing so many people. Not particulary well researched and very NYU/Spike Lee fawny. Where's Ava Duvernay and I Will Follow? Where's Tanya Hamilton and Night Catches Us? Where's Rodney Evans who did the great Brother to Brother and has a new one coming? Where's the Mississippi Damned ladies? Where's Kareem Mortimer's Children of God? This feels like Mr. Nelson 'Years Past His Questionable Prime' George did this off the top of the dome. The New York Times is late and lacking in who they chose to do this. Tambay or Vanessa or Sergio would have done a better and less lazy job. I dont appreciate him calling Dee Rees boyish either. Some sexist shit. He would have never called a male director effeminate. It's just self hate. Nelson George has a history of sexist, lazy journalism if you can call it that. This guy needs to go back to doing bad travel videos that no one watches. Black cinema and the new movement (not mini movement, as he demeans it) deserves a better chronicler. Long live Shadow and Act.


Ernesto Johnston???

Tahir J


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